• From Right to Left: Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio

    Weir Farm

    National Historic Site Connecticut

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  • Park Closures September 7, 2014

    Please note that on Sunday, September 7th, the parking lot, visitor center, Weir Studio, and Young Studio will close at 1 pm for the annual Jazz in the Garden event. The 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm tours of the Weir House will not be offered.

Register Now for Free Teen Impressionist Painting Workshop

Young Artist Painting En Plein Air
A young artist paints en plein air
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News Release Date: June 23, 2013
Contact: Registration Line, 203-834-1896 ext. 28

Wilton & Ridgefield, Connecticut

There has been a tradition of Impressionist painting at Weir Farm National Historic Site since Julian Alden Weir, the father of American Impressionism, acquired this rural, rustic retreat in Branchville, Connecticut in 1882. To honor as well as to continue this tradition, Weir Farm National Historic Site will be offering a two-day Teen Impressionist Painting Workshop on Saturday July 20 through Sunday July 21 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. This workshop is designed for teenagers interested in learning more about the science and poetry of Impressionist landscape painting. Participants must have a basic understanding of their selected art form and be able to handle their own equipment. Workshops will include introductory classroom lectures, field demonstrations, and critique of the participant’s artwork. Registration for this workshop is free, but space is limited to twelve teens, so please call early to secure a spot! First choice will be given to those who have not participated in a previous Impressionist Painting Workshop at Weir Farm National Historic Site. However, for those who wish to return, names will be placed on a wait-list and be considered as space allows. To register or for more information, please call 203-834-1896 ext. 28.

This workshop is just one in a series that will be offered at Weir Farm National Historic Site. The How to be an Impressionist Painter Workshop Series will be taught by Impressionist artist and educator Dmitri Wright, of Greenwich, Connecticut. Mr. Wright seeks to continue the Impressionist discipline through his preservation and progress of American Impressionism as the Artist-in-Residence of the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich and as an instructor of Impressionist drawing and painting at the Greenwich Art Society, Silvermine School of Art, and Weir Farm National Historic Site.

Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site or the National Park Service, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.  

Did You Know?

Stars on the ceiling of Weir's studio - Photo by Barry McCormick

Painter Julian Alden Weir installed stars on the ceiling of all three of his studios. He had three studios: one in New York City, one in Windham, CT and one behind his home in Branchville, CT. Visitors will be able to see the original stars in his Branchville studio at Weir Farm National Historic Site once the Weir Studio has been restored in late 2013.